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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Co-operative Education

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is a program that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. The program is based on a partnership between business/industry, and involves the participation of students, teachers, and co-op placement supervisors.

Making choices for the future can be a tough experience. It may not be easy for you to decide what you want to do once you have completed your education. What's more, the career you choose may turn out to be very different from what you had expected.

Cooperative Education can help smooth the way. It provides an opportunity for you to explore career choices and enables you to gain valuable experience before you start work on a full-time basis. As a result, you should be in a better position to make sound and realistic decisions about your future.

Cooperative Education allows you to explore a career area you are interested in, while earning credits for your high school diploma. Cooperative Education teachers arrange for work placements for co-op students, and then monitors the student's progress and learning at the placement.

Types of Cooperative Education Packages

Students work in placements closely associated with the contents and skills of an in-school related subject. There is an in-school component that prepares students for their working experiences and provides an opportunity for integration and reflection activities. The work experience will enable students to incorporate the course objectives of the in-school subject into the work placement, improve employability skills, and explore education and career paths.

Two-credit co-op packages allow students to attend school during periods one and two, and then travel to their co-op placements for periods three and four (3 hours per day at co-op placement).

Three-credit co-op packages allow students to attend school during period one and then travel to their co-op placement for periods two, three, and four, (4 hours per day at co-op placement).

Dependent upon the type of career option exploring, students have the opportunity to be registered in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Full-day Apprenticeship Opportunities in Skilled Professions

A four-credit package is also available through the Cooperative Education mode of delivery. Students have an opportunity to enrol in Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP). Some of the structured OYAP programs include: Carpentry, Automotive or Truck and Coach Service Technician, Network Cabling Specialist, Early Childhood Education, and Child and Youth Worker. Once accepted into a Cooperative Education program, students must then apply for these specific programs and will require additional screening in the form of an additional application and an interview by panel representatives from the various skilled professions. These specialized OYAP Cooperative Education programs are available to students in their final year of secondary school and these programs run during the second semester.

The Top 10 Reasons to Take Cooperative Education
  1. Earn secondary school credits while gaining practical experience.
  2. Obtain employment references.
  3. Discover personal interests and abilities.
  4. Develop confidence and self-reliance.
  5. Strengthen employment skills through on-the-job training.
  6. Make the transition from school to work or post-secondary education.
  7. Use equipment not available in the school and experience employment related-situation.
  8. Improve your qualifications for future employment.
  9. Explore tentative career choices.
  10. GAIN VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE.
How Do I Apply for Cooperative Education Programs?

Students interested in participating in a Cooperative Education program must fill in an application form available in the Co-op office, room 117. Students will be interviewed and will have an opportunity to discuss their goals for their career exploration. Students accepted into the program will be notified and will have Cooperative Education appear on their next year's schedule in either semester one or two.

For more information about participating in the program, or becoming a Co-op Supervisor, please contact the school (416) 393-5549 and speak to one of our Co-op teachers: Mrs. Danesi, Mrs. Di Pasquale, and Ms. Selinger.